Simulation System. Formerly a tenured associate professor of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School and adjunct teaching instructor at the University of Central Florida, he has an extensive academic background that includes over 50 publications and $5 million of external academic research funding.


Stephen M. Robinson is professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972. He has a collateral appointment as professor of computer sciences, and has held administrative appointments as chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and as assistant director of the Mathematics Research Center. His research specialty is mathematical programming (methods for making the best use of limited resources, applied in logistics, transportation, manufacturing, and many other areas). He is author, coauthor, or editor of seven books and 91 scientific research papers and has directed numerous funded research projects at the University. His research accomplishments have been recognized by the award of the honorary doctor’s degree from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, the George B. Dantzig Prize of the Mathematical Programming Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the John K. Walker, Jr., Award of the Military Operations Research Society. He is a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Dr. Robinson has been an elected member of the councils of the Operations Research Society of America (now INFORMS) and of the Mathematical Programming Society, and he also served for 4 years as secretary and, concurrently, as a member of the board of directors of INFORMS. He has also been an editor of several scientific journals and has served on numerous governmental and professional advisory committees. He is a former trustee of the Village of Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin, and from 1991 to 2002 he served on the board of overseers of Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Dr. Robinson is also a retired colonel in the Army of the United States and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison he served on active duty for 6 years as a regular Army officer. He is a current member of the NRC’s Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications.


Detlof von Winterfeldt is a professor of public policy and management in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) at the University of Southern California (USC) and the director of USC’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE). For the past 25 years, he has been active in teaching, research, university administration, and consulting. He has taught courses in statistics, decision analysis, risk management, and human judgment and decision making. His research interests are in the foundation and practice of decision and risk analysis as applied to technology, the environment, and national security problems. He is the coauthor of two books and author or coauthor of over 100 articles and reports on these topics. His administrative experiences include serving as deputy dean of SPPD, as director of USC’s Institute for Civic Enterprise, and as chairman of USC’s Systems Science Department. As a consultant he has applied decision and risk analysis to many management problems of government and private industry. In 2000, he received the Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. He is a fellow of INFORMS and of the Society for Risk Analysis. Dr. von Winterfeldt received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in mathematical psychology. He has served on a number of NRC study committees and recently finished a term on the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications.


Michael Zyda is the director of the GamePipe Laboratory at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, a professor of engineering practice in the USC Department of Computer Science, and a staff member of USC’s Information Sciences Institute, located in Marina del Rey, California. From fall 2000 to fall 2004, he was the founding director of the MOVES Institute, located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at NPS as well. From 1986 until the founding of the MOVES Institute, he was the director of the NPSNET Research Group. Dr. Zyda’s research interests include computer graphics; large-scale, networked 3-D virtual environments; agent-based simulation; modeling human and organizational behavior; interactive computer-generated story, modeling and simulation; and interactive games. He is a pioneer in computer graphics, networked virtual environments, modeling and simulation, and serious games. He is a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. He served as the principal investigator and development director of the America’s Army PC game funded by the assistant secretary of the army for manpower and reserve affairs. He took America’s Army from conception to three million plus registered players, transforming Army recruiting. Dr. Zyda chaired a major NRC study that examined the potential interface between the entertainment industry and the military.



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